The Classical Exhibitionist- Phil Hale's Record SeparatorErotica // Monday, 02 May 2011
Phil Hale is one of the most compelling and unpredictable painters working in Britain today. His work has been largely concerned with the struggle to integrate form and abstraction into psychologically powerful and coherent forms. An American figurative painter with a long history of creating emmensley skilled works that can be deemed as classical as their counterparts, Hale reaches a sense of almost voyeuristic exhibitionism in his new works entitled 'Record Separator.' The struggle to develop and move forward can require an artist to let go of substantial portions of their practice. It is only this destabilization that allows progress, a necessary loss of control and orientation. The strength of these new paintings is their willingness to operate on the verge of collapse. Hale was Born in America in 1963, and studied under Richard Berry, before moving to Britain. His most recent show at Five Hundred Dollars was the first time his Record Separator series was exhibited.